Pico de Orizaba (Citlaltepetl)

 Pico de Orizaba guided tours

Expeditions departing from Puebla or Mexico City

All you need: Mountain guides, transport, accommodation…


The Pico de Orizaba (5610 m – 18.400 ft), or Citlaltepetl in Azteca is the highest mountain in Mexico and third in the North American.

Climbing Pico de Orizaba is a unique experience. Feeling on top of Mexico, the sensation of an incredible view where anything on sight is thousands of miles away and below, is for sure a must do if you like high mountains. When the weather is clear enough, you can catch sight of the Gulf of Mexico about 100 miles away.


Our Service:

Local Agency:  Qualified guides with over 100 summits, real mexican experience while with us, and because we are local, that means cheaper for you.

Gear: Get all you need for the climb directly with us.  All technical gear INCLUDED!! Please check the link below to find out gear requirements.

Pico de Orizaba Necessary gear

Transport: All ground transport from airport, México or Puebla Cities to Pico de Orizaba, or just 4×4 if you prefer to get to the mountain on your own.

Accommodation: We can arrange all accommodation during your climbing trip in nice and strategic locations to make things easier for you, and for all budgets

Meals: All food and purified water in the mountains included.

Staff: Professional local and international guides, camp assistants, cook, etc. We are a team that for long have been working together to give you a better service.

Insurance:  mountaineering insurance for summit days.



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  • 5 star review  I am 63, I tried to climb Pico de Orizaba 6 months ago without success. I was in a group of 8 people and the guides seemed to be in a hurry to finish their job, I could not keep up with their pace. I decided to try it again, searching the web for Pico de Orizaba climbing I found Explore-Share where you can find guides from all over the world, 3Summits Adventure was the option that could not have been better, I can say there is a world of difference between 3Summits Adventure and the other mountain guides. My guide Lalo was all attention to detail, he let me climb at my pace always making sure I was in condition to continue and checking for any symptoms that could affect the climb, without his patience and experience in the mountain I could not have reached the summit. In 5 days I climbed La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba, something that at my age I could not have done it without the guides and services 3Summits provided, Karla and Lalo made it possible for me. You can take a risk and try other guides, there are plenty of them, but if you really want to make it to the summit 3Summits the best option.

    20 April, 2022

    5 star review  The whole process was AWESOME! They made everything so easy and enjoyable, even accommodated me with a food allergy. Could not recommend enough!

    19 March, 2022

    5 star review  It is safe to say this experience with Angel & Dani was truly one that we will remember for life. The whole experience was well organised, the lodge we stayed in was amazing. The climb gear itself was well provided. There is not a single thing we would complain about. The guides Dani and Angel were just amazing.

    18 March, 2022
  • 5 star review  Tremendo tiempo que la pasamos. Los tres guías Danny y Alejandro fueron puntuales, pacientes y se aseguraron que mis meta fue alcanzada. El viaje sobrepasó mis expectativas y lo recomiendo!!!

    18 January, 2022

    5 star review  My first mountaineering trek was awesome, from coordination to the guides themselves were all excellent and practiced safety first. I'm will definitely book another trek with 3 Summits!

    31 December, 2021

    5 star review  The guides and overall team for the Pico and La Malinche ascents were great! Both hikes were amazing. Highly recommend!

    29 December, 2021
  • 5 star review  The guides were awesome, helpful people. Definitely would take this hike again!

    17 December, 2021

    5 star review  Successful summit of Pico de Orizaba with a group of unexiprenced climbers! Highly recommend 3 summits. Very experienced and knowledgeable of the mountain. Would not have summited without them 10 out of 10. Mesh is the GOAT

    10 December, 2021

    5 star review  WGuides are the best, super helpful, always motivating me to push forward. Both mountains are challenging but the view at the top is well worth it.

    29 November, 2021
  • 5 star review  An absolutely amazing experience. My first mountaineering experience and was given all the guidance I needed. Christian on La Malinche and Mesh on Pico were great guides. Would highly recommend this for anyone wanting to reach the highest point in Mexico!!

    8 November, 2021

    5 star review  Great trip for both Izta and Pico with 3Summit Adventure! We had an incredible experience and every detail was thought through. Great communication and we really enjoyed climbing with our guide, not only was he an expert on the mountain, he was also extremely supportive and a pleasure to be around. Thank you for the great trip.

    3 November, 2021

    5 star review  The best experience possible. Excellent service. Great organization and the best accommodations possible. Fully recommended.

    30 October, 2021
  • 5 star review  Lo súper recomiendo. Me encantó TODO, los guías mega preparados se nota que saben, dormí en una cama en vez de en una casa de campaña eso te ayuda a descansar para el día siguiente, te rentan el equipo que te falté, la comida rica como en casa y de los snacks no te tienes que preocupar porque es mucho.

    25 October, 2021


Pico de Orizaba Gallery

Subida al Pico de Orizaba
Cordada en el Pico de Orizaba 2
Caminando por el crater Pico de Orizaba
En el glaciar de Jamapa Pico de Orizaba
Cruz en la cumbre del Pico de Orizaba
Celebrando Cumbre en el Pico de Orizaba
Amaneciendo en el Pico de Orizaba
En la cumbre del Pico de Orizaba



The Climb

To reach the summit, a perfectly shaped crater 300 m depth (985 ft) and between 410-480 m wide on tope (1345-1575 ft), you will have to climb the 700 m (2300 ft) Jamapa glacier with permanent snows. Just below the glacier, as an entrance to the magnificence of the mountain, the labyrinth, this will challenge all your orientation skills.

The climb usually begins between 12 and 2 am therefore, you have to know your way around to get through the labyrinth.

By sunrise average climbers are usually at the end of the labyrinth or already on the glacier.

The climb can be divided into two major sections: Before the glacier and during the glacier both taking approximately the same time.


To take into consideration

To summit Pico de Orizaba you must be in a good physical condition and your body acclimatization process must be properly carried out.

Acording to your experience, your acclimatization, your time, etc. we will suggest yout the best itinerary for you to maximize your summit options.

You’re not sure how to train for this mountain? Just ask us and we’ll help you during your training.

We run locally and with full time professional guides, what means that prices are always lower than in your home country.


About our climbing team

Our guides have succesfully guided in mexico mountains hundreds of times. Of course when not working we like going to other countries to challenge ourselves both in mountaineering and rock climbing, we have experience in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

In addition, our guides have the following international backing in knowledge and practices in high mountains:

– Training in Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue techniques taught by instructors from the AGMP (Mountain Guides Association of Peru and Ecuador) belonging to and with UIAGM standards (International Union of Mountain Guides Associations).

– International First Aid Certification in remote places given by ECSI (Emergency Care & Safty Institue). WFR/WFA

– We all speak English and Spanish. Some even Fench

In Mexico there is no official mountain guides certifications, so we do our best to catch up with international standards.


More about Pico de Orizaba…

Pico de Orizaba or Citlaltepetl in Azteca language (Citlal-star and teptl-mountain or hill “mountain of the star”) with an altitude of 5636 meters (18.490 ft) is the highest mountain in Mexico and the third of North America after Denali (or McKinley ) (6.190 m – 20.308 ft) in Alaska and Mt Lougan (5.959 m – 19.50 ft) in Canada. Its shape is a typical volcanic cone having its north face permanently covered by an ancient glacier. Undoubtedly, it is one of the many high altitude-climbers goals.

Geologically It is part of two orographic systems: The cordillera Neovolcánica, to which also belong Iztaccihuatl and Popocatepetl and the Sierra Madre Oriental, that runs from the Rio Grande to the center of the state of Veracruz and more or less parallel to the Gulf of Mexico. It is also a natural border between the states of Puebla and Veracruz.

The first documented exploration dates from 1839 by Enrique Galeotti and its first documented summit was in 1848 by French alpinist Alejandro Doignon


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